Kentucky Derby Winners of The 1910s

Kentucky Derby Winners of The 1910s

In the 1910s, the first filly wins the Derby, the longest longshot of all time takes a win, and the first Triple Crown winner appears! 

1919 - A horse that started as the pacemaker for his more highly touted stablemate ended up winning the Kentucky Derby and becoming racing's first Triple Crown winner. Sir Barton was still a maiden entering the 1919 Kentucky Derby, and did his job making the front to ensure a fast pace for stablemate Bill Kelly, but kept on going to win by five lengths. 

Jockey - Johnny Loftus  Trainer - H. Guy Bedwell  Owner - J.K.L Ross 

1918 - A leggy colt over 17 hands tall, Exterminator demonstrated talent to match his size, winning the Derby by a length over a muddy track despite making the first start of his three year-old season. Sent to post at odds of 30/1, the colt was an afterthought to run in the Derby, and was only entered when a stablemate scratched. Nicknamed "Old Bones," Exterminator made 99 career starts with a record 33 stakes wins. 

Jockey - William Knapp  Trainer - Henry McDaniel  Owner - Willis Sharpe Kilmer 

1917 - The first foreign-born horse to win a Kentucky Derby, Omar Khayyam unleashed a powerful stretch charge at odds of 13/1 to avenge a loss in his previous start to a horse named Ticket. Omar Khayyam, named after a Persian mathematician, did not race in the Preakness or Belmont.

Jockey - Charles Borel  Trainer - Charles T. Patterson  Owner - Billings & Johnson 

1916 - Named after the birth name of legendary gambler "Pittsburgh Phil," George Smith was a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby and deated eight rivals with Hall of Fame rider Johnny Loftus in the irons. Two years later, George Smith would defeat a pair of Derby winners - Omar Khayyam and Exterminator - in the Bowie Handicap. 

Jockey - Johnny Loftus  Trainer - Hollie Hughes  Owner - John Sanford 

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1915 - The first of only three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby, Regret also accomplished the feat with just three starts under her belt - something only Big Brown (2008 Derby winner) accomplished. 

Jockey - Joe Notter   Trainer - James G. Rowe Sr.   Owner - Harry P. Whitney 

1914 - A delicate, but talented runner, Old Rosebud captured the 1914 by a record margin - eight lengths - that has been tied, but never broken. The gelding competed until the age of 11, winning half of his 80 starts. 

Jockey - John McCabe  Trainer - Frank D. Weir  Owner - Hamilton C. Applegate  

1913 - Sent to post at the staggering odds of 91/1, Donerail is the biggest longshot to ever win the Kentucky Derby. Sitting behind a wickely fast pace, Donerail made a late closing move to win by a half length over Ten Point.

Jockey - Roscoe Goose  Trainer - Thomas P. Hayes   Owner - Thomas P. Hayes 

1912 - A winner of the Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs as a juvenile, Worth reiterated his preferance for the track, winning the 1912 Kentucky Derby. Tragically, nearly six months later, Worth sustained fatal injuries in a race at Pimlico. 

Jockey - Carroll H. Shilling   Trainer -Frank M. Taylor   Owner - Henry C. Hallenbeck 

1911 - Meridian defeated seven rivals in the 1911 Derby and set a new track record in the process. While the final clocking of 2:05 would be considered pedestrian by today's standards, it was over a full second faster than the previous mark. 

Jockey - George Archibald   Trainer - Albert Ewing   Owner - Richard F. Carman 

1910 - While the antics and disposition of Donau were well-documented, some of those very charactertistics made the horse a fierce competitor. In the 1910 Kentucky Derby, Donau took on all challengers, racing close to a contentious early pace, exchanging bumps with rivals, and continuing on gamely to earn the win. 

Jockey - Frederick Herbert  Trainer - George Ham   Owner - William Gerst